Reflection From An Eclipse
The clear Carolina skies were the perfect complement to the beautiful solar eclipse this year.
As soon as the sky started to turn dark, the motion light in the front of the house turned on. The hot southern heat turned into a cool light breeze. Animals and insects started to make noise as if it was late in the evening. I walked towards the back of the house and noticed the chickens were at the back door waiting for us to put them in their coop for the night.
It was the middle of the day, however, nature was confused.
The moon completely covered the sun for a moment and then all of sudden everything changed back to normal. The alignment was over after a couple of minutes and nature resumed their regular daily activity.
The solar eclipse makes me think about how the rhythm of our environment can guide us throughout the day. Our vibrations pivot based on our natural instinct when it is interrupted.
That reliance on instinct undoubtedly saved human lives, allowing those who possessed keen instincts to reproduce. So for human beings, no less than for any other animal, emotions are the first screen of all information received.
We are hardwired to have feelings about events that happen around us.
Our “fight or flight” reaction may be our best-known expression of our survival instinct. This response set is triggered when we (and all animals) perceive a situation as a threat to our existence; our sympathetic nervous system activates rapid emotional, psychological, and physical changes.
The more noise we have in our environment, the more disconnected we can be from being able to recognize or pay attention to the direction our instincts lead us in. However, by removing some of these barriers we can get closer to being able to enjoy the benefits of our instincts.
A couple of barriers that impact our ability to pay attention to our instincts are:
- A lack of evidence because instincts are based on how we feel. We tend to mistrust ideas that are not supported by evidence.
- We’re easily swayed by the opinions of others that contradict our instincts.
By overcoming these barriers, benefits could include having a:
- Decision-Making Guide: If you are torn between options and having a hard time making a decision, relying on your instincts could be a tool to get you through the process.
- Danger Radar: Paying attention to how something feels could help you avoid dangerous situations before they happen. “Going with your gut” and removing yourself could prevent you from being involved in something that could hurt you.
- Stress Detector: Instincts can be used as a trigger for when you have too much going on and need to unplug. By paying attention, you could avoid a personal burnout.
This celestial event in which the moon passes between the sun and Earth could block all or part of the sun for up to about three hours, from beginning to end, as viewed from a given location. For this eclipse, the longest period when the moon completely blocked the sun from any given location along the path was about two minutes and 40 seconds.
That was plenty of time for nature to react to the change in conditions. How did the animals and plants know what to do? Why did they go back to normal after the eclipse was over? There is a vibration that we share with them; by paying attention to it we can benefit from this same sense of knowing.
Originally published at www.citybornsouthernliving.com on August 22, 2017.